Rachel Roy

Weekly Judge

Lives: Monterey, California

Résumé: Rachel Roy is the founder of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and design the life you want to live. The Rachel Roy brand debuted in 2004 and for over a decade has been inspiring women to lead individual and limitless lives through courage, conviction and change. Rachel has built her ready-to-wear and accessories business into a globally recognized brand with product categories including contemporary, curvy, dresses, outerwear, jewelry and swim.

In addition to running her successful brand, Rachel is a sought after speaker on entrepreneurship and philanthropy and has shared her story and experiences at forums ranging from the White House to the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference serious to other various women’s empowerment summits. Rachel nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the Woolmark Prize, Who’s Next/Vogue Mexico and CFDA incubator programs.

Rachel has been recognized by the Accessories Council with an ACE AWARD for best brand launch as well as Mattel’s 10 Women to Watch and numerous best dressed honors including Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Rachel has also been recognized for her innovative brand and film work by AdWeek Media and the LaJolla Fashion Film Festival. She has been a contributing columnist to Huffington Post and InStyle magazine.

Rachel founded Kindness Is Always Fashionable as an entrepreneurial philanthropic platform to help women artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families and communities through design projects. Rachel is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Press: Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, The New York Times, VOGUE, and InStyle

Photograph by Cliff Watts